Taue Matsuri 2010.04.03 – 2010.04.04

Otaue-sai or taue matsuri (rice-planting festival)
Parishioners pantomime the process of rice cultivation in the shrine precincts. Annual festival to promote fertility, featuring a chance to try your hand at rice planting.
Date: April 3rd & 4th, 2010 (Saturday & Sunday)
Free admission
Venue: Katori Jingu Shrine, Sawara, Chiba
Access: JR Narita Line (or the JR Sobu Line) to Sawara Station From there, 15 min. by Kanto Tetsudo Bus to Katori Jingu Bus Stop.
For details, call Tokyo Tourist Information Center 03-3201-3331

Kanamara Matsuri (Fertility Festival) 2010.04.04

Notorious fertility festival in which an enormous phallus is paraded through the streets.  A parade of masked people carrying the sacred palanquins containing symbols of phallic gods.
Date: April 4th, 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 10:15 AM
Free admission
Venue: Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine, Kawasaki
Access: Kawasaki Daishi Station
For details, call Tokyo Tourist Information Center, 03-3201-3331

Ohinage 2010.04.03

Kawarasawa Ohinage
Annual event where children cook and serve okayu rice porridge.
Date: April 3rd, 2010 (Saturday) 10:00 AM
Free admission
Venue:  Ogano-machi Kawarasawa, Chichibu-gun, Saitama
Access: Shiroku Station
For details, call 0494-75-0063

Ueno Sakura Matsuri 2010.03.21 ~ 2010.04.04

Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at Ueno Park, Taito-ku.
Enjoy the first cherry blossoms of the season, plus various events including an antique and pottery fair.
Date: March 21st – April 4th, 2010 (Sunday)
Free admission
Venue: Ueno Park
Access: Ueno Station
For details, call Tokyo Tourist Information 03-3201-3331

Hana Matsuri 2010.04.03 – 2010.04.04

Hana Matsuri at Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Ota-ku.
A parade of children pulling a papier-mache white elephant leaves Ikegami Station at 1 p.m. for the temple to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.
Dates: April 3rd and 4th, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday)
Admission free
Venue: Ikegami Honmoji
Access: (1) Tokyu Ikegami Line to Ikegami Station, and then walk 10 min.
(2) Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Nishi-Magome Station, and then walk 10 min.
For details, call Tokyo Tourist Information Center, tel: 03-3201-3331.

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